The Connacht Eagles put in a comprehensive performance at the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon to defeat Russian side Enisei STM by 54 points to 21.

There were some great break away tries throughout and the opening half saw hooker Jack Dineen, centre Conor Finn (2) and winger Danie Poolman all getting over the line. Outhalf Miah Nikora converted all four to make it 28 – 0 at half time.

The fast pace continued in the second half and second row Danny Qulater was the first to cross for a try after he intercepted an Enisei pass on the half way line and ran in untouched for the five points. Replacement out half Jack Carty slotted the conversion.

Carty was up to the kicking tee shortly after when Poolman got over for his second try of the day. And two minutes later, there were more celebrations when Galwegians centre Jerome Harimate touched the ball down. Carty converted one out the two to make it 47 – 0 after 50 minutes.

Enisei regrouped and some hard work on the Eagles’ line paid off when they got over after a number of pick and drives.

Flanker Willie Faloon, on his first game back in over six months, left the field to great applause after a gritty performance which would have pleased the coaching staff.

Academy scrum half Caolin Blade got in for the last of the Eagles’ tries on the hour mark, which Carty converted.

The Russian opposition did not give up and in the last 12 minutes scored two tries to reduce the deficit.

Full time: Connacht Eagles 54 – 21 Enisei STM

Eagles try scorers: J Dineen, C Finn (2), D Poolman (2), J Harimate, Danny Qaulter, C Blade

Cons: Nikora (4), Carty (3)


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